God, getting old sucks. And if you try to stay young, it comes across as creepy. And when you get to a certain age, certain enjoyments just are looked down on. For example, even though I know a few people who would, you will never see a middle-aged person running down the street chasing an ice cream truck yelling, “I want a cake pop!” And heaven forbid if an adult tries to order off the kids’ menu. Maybe, we want that bowl of Macaroni & Cheese in a pirate ship. It could also be you are just a picky eater, but that too falls in the same category. Getting old is just sad unless your name is Benjamin Button. But why do we have to lose those days of our youth when we get older? And thus, brings an Unpopular Popular Opinion. I do understand that is an oxymoron. But, you are never too old to trick or treat.
So, lets start with costumes. Comic Conventions prove that people love dressing up as something as part of a fandom. The costumes made by these men and women take countless hours to make and a lot of money. And yet, we love the idea of attending a convention to see people walking around in Cosplay. And when you see a costume that is from your favorite fandom, it is the equivalent of meeting the main cast members. I can’t recall all the times I shouted: “These are my people.” What is the difference? Halloween is a chance for people to become something that will remove them from everyday life. A chance to escape the countless bickering on social media. And wearing a costume, even if it’s for one night, is that escape from reality that we all need.
And candy. Unless you are allergic to sugar or possessed by a demon, chances are there is candy for you. The thought of going around to people’s houses as adults wearing a silly costume and going from house to house is a lot like gambling. You have no idea what people will hand out on Halloween. It could be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or it could be a box of fucking DOTS. If it is money, take more than one costume. But it’s a risk that a lot of us would be willing to take. I mean, we buy lottery tickets and put money in a slot machine in hopes that our lives will have less debt to the government. Trick or Treating is gambling but with sugar. And just reading that aloud makes the idea more fun.
And I know people out there will respond with something along the lines of you need to be a child to Trick or Treat. Well, all ages should be able to Trick or Treat. For just one night a year, we need to escape the hell that has become everyday life and be able to walk around town with a group of people we care about. And doing all of that while in a costume that could cause you to run into a tree. So, if someone older comes to your door this Halloween, do not turn that person away. Put a smile on your face and drop a damn Kit Kat in that plastic Target Pumpkin.